She’s no fool

Posted by Anthony on Saturday May 23, 2009 Under About, Freya

There are issues with Baby-Led Weaning, I will not deny it. Not least of all, we have deliberately trained her to be both willing to eat almost anything and used to picking food according to taste and whim.

She has worked out, for instance, that we drink juice with dinner while she is drinking water. This is my fault; she started drinking from my glass when her water ran out and I decided to let her have some of mine rather than go and get her another cup of water. Since then, she has shown a great interest in our drinks and less in her own. We tried adding juice to her water a little at a time, but she was not fooled. Linda’s solution is that we should start drinking water ourselves, but surely there is a better answer…

The other issue is the biscuit tin. We used to let her play with it like a drum, safe in the knowledge that she could not open it. And then one day, I started slipping her the odd custard cream or ginger nut. Not daily, just as an occasional treat… Now she comes to us with the tin and forlornly shows us how the lid is stuck. Not that the charade stays long if we won’t play along…

I am not sure that ‘tantrum’ is the right word. It is a very good word, maybe peerless, but not completely right. They are characterised by falling down, screaming, tears and completely stopping when she gets what she wants. And I can only imagine that it will get worse…

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